School principal preparation in Europe

Thody, Angela and Papandoum, Zoi and Johansson, Olof and Pashiardis, Petros (2007) School principal preparation in Europe. International Journal of Education Management, 21 (1). pp. 37-53. ISSN 0951-354X

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School principal preparation in Europe
This article centres on Cypriot, English, Greek and Swedish selection and training of principals. This was part of a 2001-2003 European Union (EU) funded study which created a distance learning CD ROM for principals.
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This article centres on Cypriot, English, Greek and Swedish selection and training of principals. This was part of a 2001-2003 European Union (EU) funded study which created a distance learning CD ROM for principals. We analysed and compared national education systems and principals’ selection and training using documents, focus groups, principals’ interviews and an international seminar. The most centralised systems of Greece and Cyprus had less principal preparation, and more government involvement in principal selection, than the less centralised Sweden and England. The extent of training was perceived to matter less in successful principalship than selecting the right people although it was felt that even a good leader can be improved through training and principals were concerned about their lack of formal training.

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Additional Information:This article centres on Cypriot, English, Greek and Swedish selection and training of principals. This was part of a 2001-2003 European Union (EU) funded study which created a distance learning CD ROM for principals. We analysed and compared national education systems and principals’ selection and training using documents, focus groups, principals’ interviews and an international seminar. The most centralised systems of Greece and Cyprus had less principal preparation, and more government involvement in principal selection, than the less centralised Sweden and England. The extent of training was perceived to matter less in successful principalship than selecting the right people although it was felt that even a good leader can be improved through training and principals were concerned about their lack of formal training.
Keywords:Europe, European, principals, school principals, Sweden, Greece, England, Cyprus, training, Educational leadership
Subjects:X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:1634
Deposited By: Angela Thody
Deposited On:25 Sep 2008 10:37
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:29

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